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Adelaide takes A-League lead

Adelaide takes A-League lead

Adelaide supplanted Melbourne atop the Australian soccer's A-League standings Sunday, scoring twice in three minutes in a 2-1 comeback win over bottom-placed Perth.
Sydney FC had moved into top place overnight with a 2-0 win at Melbourne but Adelaide's victory lifted the Asian Champions League finalists two points above Sydney on the ladder.
Perth led after a 55th-minute goal to Nikita Rukavytsya but goals to Alemao in the 80th and Travis Dodd, from the penalty spot, in the 82nd gave Adelaide a valuable home win.
Adelaide was playing its 10th match in 45 days, including its ACL campaign, and took time to settle before finding its usual rhythm.
Sydney's win over Melbourne on Saturday was its first A-League victory in Melbourne, in front of a crowd of 31,000.
Striker Mark Bridge gave Sydney the lead after 20 minutes and John Aloisi ended a recent goalscoring drought and clinched the win in the 62nd minute, seven minutes after taking the field as a substitute.
Sydney coach John Kosmina was delighted his team had overcome the loss of a number of key players to record its second win over Melbourne in 11 A-League meetings. Kosmina's team was missing defenders Tony Popovic and Iain Fyfe, goalkeeper Clint Bolton and the experienced pair of Simon Colosimo and Alex Brosque.
"We made it difficult for Melbourne and even our debutants (Anthony Golec and Beau Busch) caused them problems early on," Kosmina said.
"Of our defense tonight only Rob Middleby was left from last week but the players worked their way through it."
Melbourne had to endure defeat in front of the largest A-League crowd of the season.
"We got exactly what we deserved out of that game _ nothing," captain Kevin Muscat said.
"And the most disappointing thing was we got a massive crowd and for our fans it's their biggest game of the year and we let them down."
A 33rd minute goal to striker Dylan Macallister gave Central Coast a 1-0 win over Newcastle and a 40th minute goal from Josh McCloughlan lifted Queensland to a 1-0 away win over Wellington.
Macallister was promoted into Central Coast's staring lineup minutes before kickoff, when a groin injury to Mile Jedanak forced a late reshuffle up front. He marked his first start with his first A-League goal for the Mariners, lifting his team after its 1-0 loss to Wellington five days earlier.
"Last week was a bad day at the office (but) we forgot about it and we'll move on. With the short turnaround and playing against (Newcastle), it was the best thing that could have happened to us," Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna said.
"Tonight was only our second clean sheet. It was a good, solid performance at home."


Updated : 2021-06-17 10:18 GMT+08:00